Do I need a service manual or an owner's manual?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Dwayne Hoover, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. I just bought a 2000 civic that didn't have an owner's manual in the
    glove compartment. I've been looking to buy one on ebay. I notice
    there are two types of books available. An owner's manual and service
    manual. Would I be better off getting the service manual since it
    probably has more tips on how to repair the car or do I need both?
    Dwayne Hoover, Feb 6, 2004
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  2. Dwayne Hoover

    Barry S. Guest

    Get both at Keep the owners manual in the
    glove box. And the service manual with the tool box.

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    Barry S., Feb 6, 2004
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  3. You definetely want the owner's manual, but promise me you'll read it. It
    really has some useful things in it, and will answer some simple questions
    that people ask all the time. It just tells you how to treat your car
    right, and how some of the stuff works.

    You won't need the service manual if you plan to do work on your car. I've
    heard the Helm manual is good, Chilton's are no good IMHO, and Haynes are
    okay for basic stuff....
    Peter Doherty, Feb 7, 2004
  4. Dwayne Hoover

    Pailyn Guest

    I agree. Owner's manual .. .but unless you're going to work on the car
    yourself you don't need the service manual. Helms manual = Honda Factory
    Manuals. If you were to look on the back of your Factory Honda's Owner's
    manual to order Service manual... you're ordering it with Helm. I believe
    Honda uses them to print and sell all their service manuals.

    The Service manual is huge.. will not fit in your glovebox, if it does you
    won't fit anything else in it.
    Pailyn, Feb 8, 2004
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